STM32CubeMX is a graphical tool that allows a very easy configuration of STM32 microcontrollers and microprocessors, as well as the generation of the corresponding initialization C code for the Arm®
-M core or a partial Linux®
Device Tree for Arm®
-A core), through a step-by-step process.
The first step consists in selecting either: an STMicrolectronics STM32 microcontroller, micropocessor or a development platform, which matches the required set of peripherals, or an example running on a specific development platform.
For microprocessors, the second step allows to configure the GPIOs and the clock setup for the whole system, and to interactively assign peripherals either to the Arm®
-M or to the Cortex®
A world. Specific utilities, such as DDR configuration and tuning, make it easy to get started with STM32 microprocessors. For Cortex®
-M core, the configuration includes additional steps that are exactly similar to those described for microcontrollers.
For microcontrollers and microprocessor Arm®
-M, the second step consists in configuring each required embedded software thanks to a pinout-conflict solver, a clock-tree setting helper, a power-consumption calculator, and an utility that configures the peripherals (such as GPIO or USART) and the middleware stacks (such as USB or TCP/IP).
The default software and middleware stacks can be extended thanks to enhanced STM32Cube Expansion Packages. STMicrolectronics or STMicrolectronics' partner packages can be downloaded directly from a dedicated package manager available within STM32CubeMX, while the other packages can be installed from a local drive.
Moreover, a unique utility in STM32CubeMX delivery, STM32PackCreator, will help developers to build their own enhanced STM32Cube Expansion Packages.
Eventually the user launches the generation that matches the selected configuration choices. This step provides the initialization C code for the Arm®
-M, ready to be used within several development environments, or a partial Linux®
device tree for the Arm®
STM32CubeMX is delivered within STM32Cube.